How to Stay Secure on Facebook

By Rob McNair

There is a new phishing scam on the scenes.  This time it targets people via an email that states that the user has been accused of insulting other Facebook users. It then goes on the warn that their account will be deleted after 24 hours. The scam then tricks people into authenticating with Facebook and passing over credit card details.

The full text of the email is below: (Source: Hoax Slayer)

LAST WARNING : Your account is reported to have violated the policies that are considered annoying or insulting Facebook users. Until we system will disable your account within 24 hours if you do not do the reconfirmation.

Please confirm your account below:

[Link Removed]


The Facebook Team

Copyright facebook © 2011 Inc. All rights reserved.

Sophos states that “They are not coming from Facebook. Social media venues would not request financial information, nor would they request login details.”

You can see more information on this phishing scam, including screenshots, on the Hoax Slayer website.

Keeping Secure on Facebook

Here at mycleveragency, we recommend that if you want to be truly secure on Facebook you use Facebooks secure browsing functionality.  To enable this on your profile follow the steps below.

  1. Head to
  2. Click edit on the Secure browsing option
  3. Enable this by ticking the box next to “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible”
  4. Save changes.

Now when you are next on Facebook you may not notice anything. Take a look at the URL, you should notice that the URL begins with https . You are now browsing secure Facebook. To double check the security you can view some information about the site.

On Internet Explorer there should be a small padlock in the address bar, clicking on it gives you the below information

Internet Explorer Secure

For Firefox it will look slightly different as shown below, click the box the left of the url for more details.

Firefox Secure

For Google Chrome, you will have a green padlock and also the https will be green, clicking the padlock will give you some more information.

Chrome Secure

And for Opera, it adds a box to the left of the url stating the page is secure.

Opera Secure

If you have an invalid security certificate these boxes will tell you and in some cases you will see some red elements in there. So next time you’re ever worried about the secureness of browsing Facebook remember to look for the signs pointed out above. If it’s insecure follow the above steps.

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This post was written by Rob McNair

Rob has experience advising some of the worlds most iconic brands. He thrives on helping improving social media knowledge within organisations with the ultimate goal of making theirs brands more social, transparent and accountable.